Federal investigators press for clues in Denver jet mishap

Early on Monday, US federal investigators planned to begin examining the burned carcass of a Continental Airlines plane that veered off a runway in Denver and caught fire, injuring 38 people. The twin-engine Boeing 737-500 was left in a shallow, snow-covered ravine where it came to rest after its aborted takeoff Saturday at Denver International Airport. National Transportation Safety Board officials wanted to make use of scarce daylight hours to examine the wreck, measure skid marks and then conduct their first interviews of the pilots. The accident forced the 115 passengers and crew aboard Continental's Flight 1404 to flee through emergency exits as the plane burned.